I'm always on the hunt for vintage items, some I sell in the shop and some I deconstruct, repurpose, or collage into something else. I buy a lot of old books, and found one at a thrift shop in a small town close to where I live in Idaho. It had yellowed pages, perfect to deconstruct and use for projects. I was looking through the pages, and curiously, I found that throughout the book, certain words had been blotted out with White-Out. It seemed like a young adults book from the 40's, I wondered which words could have been so naughty that someone had taken the time to go thorough the book and white-out every one. I used my fingernail to scrape off some of the words: Gosh, gee, geez, and golly were all on the list of unacceptable.
I just laughed and thought of the small town with conservative values and pictured the previous owner of the book (or perhaps a well-meaning parent of the owner). Have any of you junkers ever encountered anything like this??